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Activate is a digital leadership training conference. We bring together the sharpest digital minds from political and advocacy campaigns, labour unions, creative agencies, and causes for four days of hard-skills training in digital leadership, strategy and tactics.

Why Activate?

Activate builds the digital capacity of progressives and change makers. Activate is all about practical training – selecting the right combination of tools to design and execute a strategy to win.

Who is Activate for?

Activate is for progressive digital practitioners. You may be a digital director at an advocacy organization, a content writer at a political party, an organizer at a labour union, or a senior leader who tries to bring all these pieces together. You might work with clients to deliver great digital campaigns, or build new technology.

Activate participants come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds with varying amounts of digital experience. But we share a commitment to building digital capacity among progressives in Canada, sharing our learning with each other, and lifting one another up.

What is the cost?

Tuition Only: $695
Inclusive Price: $1,075 – $2,127 / 4 nights. Includes tuition, room, all meals, and Hollyhock activities (depends on accommodation choice)

Scholarships are available. Please indicate if you’d like to be considered for a scholarship in the application form. Learn More.

What is Hollyhock?

Hollyhock creates, curates, and hosts inspiring, meaningful experiences that provide both the inner and outer skills for personal growth and social transformation. We provide over 100 personal and professional development programs each year at our Cortes Island campus and in Vancouver.

Located in the Discover Islands archipelago off the coast of British Columbia, our Cortes Island campus is approximately 160 km north of Vancouver. The traditional and ancestral territories of the Klahoose, Tla’amin, Homalco Nations, this land is host to some of the most stunning natural landscapes. Sleep under the stars in accommodations ranging from tenting in the woods to oceanfront cabins, and enjoy vegetarian/pescatarian meals inspired directly from our abundant French-intensive garden. Learn more.

We are working to make our conferences and events accessible and valuable to diverse communities. We strongly encourage applicants of all ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds; genders and sexual orientations; socio-economic class, and with a range of life experiences to apply. We know that important, exciting and innovative digital work is happening on the margins. At Activate, we strive to hold up, support, and provide a platform for / share this work.